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Proper Facility Planning and Layout

August 1, 2016 by Scott Palochik

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Overview

There are many things to consider in preparation for expanding or building a new facility such as; What is the size we need not just for today, but for the next 3 to 5 years? How should we accommodate for new products? What type of production layout should we consider?

 

Proper planning is important because it sets the stage for the layout. When expanding or moving/building a new facility the key goals are to:

  • Operate at low cost
  • Accommodate new products
  • Produce varied products
  • Produce potentially high and / or low volume products
  • Produce at a high quality level

 

The key to proper planning is to evaluate your current needs and determine the requirements for your future needs. It makes no sense to go through the expense of expansion or move/build and find you’ve undersized your facility or will outgrow it in only 1-2 years.

 

Over the next several weeks we will cover in more detail the 5 key areas dealing with proper facility planning and layout. These are:

  1. Data Gathering
  2. Short and long-term volume requirements and capacity analysis
  3. Facility Sizing
  4. Macro Layout
  5. Detailed Layout

 

Join us next week as we discuss the information needed for the analysis of current and future capacity needs and to determine space requirements.

 

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New website is LIVE

July 15, 2016 by Scott Palochik

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WELCOME to the new blog site for Enterprise Systems Partners Inc. (espi)! Our goal is to provide meaningful content and answer your questions and concerns on a weekly basis. espi is engaged on many projects ranging from new/existing facility planning to ERP selection and implementation. We plan to share some “best practices” and industry trends as we see them emerge, as well as project experiences from our current and past clients. Feel free to send questions or topics that you would like us to address and share to SPalochik@ent-sys.com and we will answer via the blog or e-mail.

 

Thank You for taking the time to stop by and we hope you will add us to your scheduled resource reading list. Next week we will start with the topic of Facility Planning.

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Question #4: What is your “As-Is” status?

May 9, 2016 by ESPI

Before you can determine if a new information system is the right path for your organization, you need to assess where you are today. In the systems application industry, this exercise is called an “As-Is” analysis and it will be the cornerstone of your system selection process.

What an “As-Is” analysis should reveal:

  • Who has access and what do they do?
  • What are the workflows and processes?
  • How much time is involved in tasks?
  • What causes delays?
  • What information is actually in the system?
  • Does information exists outside the system on ancillary spreadsheets, databases, books, etc. and why?
  • How does the information get shared?
  • What is the quality of data?
  • How often is this information entered?
  • How is it verified?
  • Where is the data stored?
  • How is it backed up?
  • What are the benefits?
  • What are the drawbacks?
  • What are the measurements and key performance indicators?

Can this be done internally? Sometimes, but many small to mid-sized companies usually do not have the capacity or skill sets to address what system(s) are right for them. Larger companies usually do have an IT staff but they may be too entrenched with the current processes to review them objectively.

This is often a point when companies will bring in an outside systems application expert who has no vested interest in a particular information system or vendor. They will give you unbiased recommendations based on your needs and criteria, not based on a sales quota. By employing this partner in all initial stages of the evaluation process you can leverage their expertise and knowledge towards the final selection and eventual implementation.

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Question #5: What is the future-state of your business?

May 9, 2016 by ESPI

The last step before the software review and selection is to define how your business will run in the future. Having a cross-functional team comprised of Decision Makers, Business Process Owners (BPO), Subject Matter Experts (SME) and your external consultant will facilitate this forward-looking discussion.

 

During this process you will have an opportunity to identify which of the “As-Is” processes are truly adding value and which are not. You should eliminate the non-value items from the future-state plans. Again, this is an important place to understand and integrate what your customers are asking for. Integrating the “voice-of-the-customer” in your business processes now can give you a competitive advantage moving forward.
Once you have a proposed future-state document, have everyone, including the company’s leadership, approve the future-state document to confirm all stakeholders are 100% committed to implementing a better system.
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